ST. PAUL, MINN. (AP) - The first Minnnesotan taken in this year's NHL draft went, fittingly, to the host team.
The Minnesota Wild traded their third and fourth-round picks Saturday to the Canucks, using Vancouver's second-round pick, No. 60 overall, to select left wing Mario Lucia of Wayzata High School.
Lucia is the son of University of Minnesota head coach Don Lucia. The family stood and cheered along with dozens of Wild fans in attendance at Xcel Energy Center after the pick was announced.
Mario Lucia says he "couldn't have written a better story than this."
Steven Fogarty of Edina was drafted in the third round by the New York Rangers. Kyle Rau of Eden Prairie went later to the Florida Panthers.